Monday, November 11, 2013

review: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

CINDER by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Macmillan: Feiwel and Friends
Released: January 3, 2012
Source: Publisher (THANK YOU!!!)
Pages: 387

Rating: Loved it!

Even in the future, the story begins with once upon a time.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

In this thrilling young adult debut novel, the first in a quartet, Marissa Meyer's rebooted fairy tale introduces readers to a heroine and a masterfully crafted world that isn't the Cinderella you remember - but it's the one you won't forget.

My Thoughts

This book showed up in my mailbox as a complete surprise, and I swear I screamed a little when I opened the package! I had been looking forward to Cinder for months, reading every article I could find on it (and generally sharing them on this website). Seriously, people - it's a fairy tale reboot in a futuristic, somewhat dystopian setting. What's not to love?

Cinder did not disappoint. I ripped through this book because I was so caught up in the story that I literally could not bring myself to stop reading! This book is so action-packed that it's almost impossible to put down. The main characters are accessible people who don't seem to have the emotional issues of most characters in light dystopian novels, which I very much appreciated. Characters can - and often do - make or break a book for me, and Cinder and Kai really made Cinder come to life, at least in my humble opinion. Oh, and Iko too. Iko was fabulous, and I hope she works into the rest of the quartet.

I do recommend, though, that readers check out the prequel - "Glitch," which can be found online here - before reading Cinder. While I generally advocate reading books first, the backstory from the prequel really does help to make sense of things in the book.

I've read a few reviews that mention how the story is predictable, and I bet you to please take these with a grain of salt! Of course it's somewhat predictable - it's a retelling! Certain things have to fall into place in order for the story to progress like it's supposed to progress. I'll get off my soapbox for now, though. :)

Overall: Cinder is a tightly-plotted, gripping story set in a wonderfully complex futuristic world. Twists and turns abound, as do robotic feet. Enjoy!

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